Why an Apprenticeship is right for your son or daughter: The Facts

Different methods of learning suit different people. That’s not to say one route is better than the other, they’re just different. Apprenticeships have previously suffered misconceptions that they are only in certain vocational and manual industries. That’s certainly not the case as the government has supported growth and an increase in quality of Apprenticeships to reach their aim of 3 million new Apprentices by 2020.


This week is National Apprenticeship Week, a week celebrating all things Apprenticeships but also a week designed to raise awareness of the benefits doing an Apprenticeship can have on a person. Apprenticeships are at record participation levels right now with around 900,000 currently funded. With that in mind, here’s an idea of the benefits and impact an Apprenticeship could have on your son or daughter:

  • 92% of Apprentices in work felt that their Apprenticeship had had a positive impact of their career
  • Nearly all Apprentices feel that they acquire or improve their skills as a direct result of their Apprenticeship
  • 83% of Apprentices feel that their career prospects had improved, with 85% saying their ability to do the job they are doing had improved
  • After finishing, 90% of Apprentices stay in employment including 2% who go self-employed
  • 77% of Apprentices stay on with the same employer after finishing their Apprenticeship
  • On average, individuals who have completed an Advanced Apprenticeship earn between £77,000 and £117,000 more over their lifetime than similar individuals with Level 2 qualifications
  • And those who complete a Higher Apprenticeship could see an estimated increase of £150,000 in earnings over their lifetime
  • 46% of Apprentices have received a pay rise since completing their Apprenticeship
  • The Lifetime Earnings Premium for Apprentices in Arts, Media and Publishing is currently 270 per cent higher than for graduates
  • Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care were likely to outstrip their graduate counterparts in terms of wages by the highest amount – earning 211% more over the course of a working lifetime
  • A quarter of former Apprentices had been promoted with 12 months of finishing with 36% of Higher Apprentices being promoted after completing their Apprenticeship
  • More than 2,600 employers were involved in the design of the new Apprenticeship standards. This means that they are now more geared to equipping the Apprentice with the exact skills needed to make it in their chosen industry
  • The Sheffield College currently have over 100 live vacancies across more than 60 different frameworks

If you think that Apprenticeship might be a good option for your son or daughter and would like to view the Apprenticeships we have available, please visit www.sheffcol.ac.uk/apprenticeships, email jobconnect@sheffcol.ac.uk or give us a ring on 0114 260 2600.



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